By Round 7 the chances of grabbing an NHL player of 100 or more games is 9.25%, very low. However, the Edmonton Oilers had some real success early in the century. Matthew Lombardi (536 games) and Kyle Brodziak (621 games) represent the outer marker and a scouting home run for any team.
I’m hopeful we can have a rational conversation about the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round 2008-15. No grand statements on either side, no claims of victory, just an honest assessment of the way things are, the good and bad arrows, and a discussion in regard to useful players coming out of this area of the draft. In order to do this, we absolutely have to agree on some things:
- We can’t judge a drafted player weeks after his selection.
- We can count arrows, and they are a good indicator.
- We cannot expect all of the picks to succeed, that isn’t reasonable.
- We have come to some kind of conclusion about a line in the sand and agree to it (the Cullen grades)
OILERS SEVENTH ROUND PICKS, 2008-2015
- 2008: Jordan Bendfeld (Kevin Lowe)
- 2010: Kristians Pelss (Steve Tambellini)
- 2010: Kellen Jones (Steve Tambellini)
- 2011: Frans Tuohimaa (Steve Tambellini)
- 2013: Greg Chase (Craig MacTavish)
- 2014: Keven Bouchard (Craig MacTavish)
- 2015: Miroslav Svoboda (Peter Chiarelli)
- 2015: Ziyat Paigin (Peter Chiarelli)
- Productive in Europe/AHL: Kellen Jones
- No Longer in Organized Hockey: Jordan Bendfeld
- Bad arrows: Keven Bouchard, Frans Tuohimaa
- Lukewarm arrows:
- Good arrows: Greg Chase
- Very good arrows:
- New arrows: Miroslav Svoboda, Ziyat Paigin
ONE BY ONE
- D Jordan Bendfeld: He was drafted in 2006 by the Coyotes, but was a draft re-entry in 2008 when the Oilers took him. Played 106 ECHL and 26 AHL games during his pro career.
- F Kristians Pelss: Enjoyed a strong junior career with the Edmonton Oil Kings and played 20 AHL and 13 ECHL games in his first pro season. We still miss him.
- F Kellen Jones: Enjoying a solid pro career so far, he’s been in 55 AHL games and 27 ECHL games at this point. Productive two-way player, excellent on the PK with Connor.
- G Frans Tuohimaa: Frans’ North American experience was disappointing, he didn’t play that much and when he did there wasn’t much to recommend him. He’s still young, can recover his career back home.
- C-R Greg Chase: A very good prospect, who posted good to great seasons after his draft day. He’ll probably get fewer chances than a higher pick but the young man has three years to show what he can do on an entry-level deal. Insane value for where he was taken based on boxcars.
- G Keven Bouchard: He didn’t move the needle in draft year +1, although there were good performances. The 2014 draft was simply baffling and Bouchard is part of that. Oilers goalie drafting over the years is abysmal, Bouchard didn’t help this season.
- G Miroslav Svoboda: He posted solid numbers last season, including some good work at the WJ’s. Miles to go.
- D Ziyat Paigin: A monster defenseman best described as a project, but this is the place to draft them.